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to speak to his supporters. more coverage live from phoenix following nbc nightly news with lester holt. tonight, trump's war plan. promises a victory, but few details, and major questions about the mission. all of it as the president prepares to rally. protests planned in phoenix. will he come out swinging after a widely condemned response to charlottesville. grim discovery found in the wreckage of a navy destroyer. a growing investigation in the pacific. chicken health warning. a spike in people getting sick as more and more families invest in a backyard trend. preventing a sudden killer, the leading cause of death for people over age 40. for the first time doctors say they may be able to predict who's at risk and stop it before it strikes.
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and to serve and protect, how a policeman doing double duty as the ice cream man is inspiring america. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers until the west. and thank you for joining us tonight. after enduring one of the roughest patches of his presidency last week over the violence in charlottesville, president trump is off to a busy start this week rallying supporters at an event in arizona this evening on the heels of last night's primetime speech in which he announced an open-ended american commitment leaving a lot of unanswered questions. meantime, tensions are high in phoenix right now where protesters are also massing for tonight's presidential rally. we have it all covered starting with nbc's kristen welker. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. this is president trump's eighth campaign style rally since taking office. and it comes as he's been openly feuding
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with the state's two republican senators. neither of them are expected to attend, but thousands of his supporters are and there could be fireworks. president trump putting a focus on his signature issue, immigration control, in yuma, arizona, today. just hours before holding a campaign style rally in phoenix, where protesters are already lining the streets, many fuming amid buzz the president was considering pardoning hard line immigration activist, former sheriff joe arpaio. no action is expected tonight, but tensions are high. >> things will not be tolerated in the state of arizona. >> reporter: almost everyone is bracing for the president to go off script, a sharp contrast from his teleprompter address last night. >> we are not nation building again. we are killing terrorists. >> reporter: the decision to ramp up, a shift away from his campaign vow to keep
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americans out of foreign wars. >> my original instinct was to pull out. >> reporter: establishment republicans largely supportive, while democrats called for more specifics. but the sharpest criticism is from the far right. >> it was a clear flip-flop and the president spent a lot of time explaining the flip-flop. >> reporter: in indiana the reality of the longest war the president now owns on display. hundreds turned out as the body of a soldier. >> a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. >> reporter: matt lauer pressing the vice president on "today." >> there were fine people on both sides of that rally. >> the president specifically denounced white supremacists, neo-nazis, and the kkk repeatedly. >> reporter: at home and abroad, the president grappling with the path forward. kristen welker, nbc news, phoenix. >> reporter: i'm andrea mitchell.
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president trump promising victory in afghanistan. >> our troops will fight to win. >> reporter: but tonight major questions about the mission and how he intends to accomplish it. how many troops will it take? there are 8,400 there now. secretary mattis today. >> i'd rather not say a number and then have to change it later on. >> reporter: defense officials say it will be close to 4,000. needed now because in the last two years the afghan military has failed to stop the taliban, which now controls or is challenging the afghan government in 40% of the country. the president now lifting restrictions on the u.s. military allowing more counterterror operations, to try and take that territory back. how will the president deal with pakistan, the source of much of the terror? >> we can no longer be silent about pakistan's safe havens
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for terrorist organizations. >> reporter: those who faced this dilemma before said it's easier said than done. >> you can ask and say pretty please, but i don't think the pakistanis are necessarily going to respond. so i think the only key to that is to be able to develop an approach that in fact seals that border. >> reporter: no ambassadors in afghanistan or india. do you have enough people, given that they're not trump confirmed diplomatic appointees in many of these positions? >> i'm not at all concerned about the competency level or the experience of the people we have working on this. >> and the secretary of state on another flash point, north korea offering an olive branch to kim jong-un, noting there have been no missile tests fired since the u.n. sanctions and saying there could be talks if that continues. lester? >> andrea mitchell at the state department, thank you. turning to another major story we're following, remains have been found in the search for ten american sailors missing after the uss john mccain collided with an oil tanker. tonight officials are beginning to discuss what may have caused that crash. more tonight from
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singapore. >> reporter: tonight the intensifying search is focused on this damaged section of the uss mccain, divers found remains of some of the missing american sailors, both inside the ship and at sea. we're learning who some of the missing sailors are. like 23-year-old petty officer logan palmer. his family in illinois praying he might survive. >> everywhere i look, i see the opportunity that i'll see my brother again. i'm sure that goes for my family as well. >> reporter: what caused the devastating crash between the destroyer and that oil tanker? navy officials today say they're looking at everything, even sabotage. >> i've heard of these reports of cyber attacks. we see no indications of that as of yet. but we are not taking any consideration off
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the table. >> reporter: other possible factors they'll investigate, crew exhaustion, negligence, and heavy traffic on a risky route, often called a super highway at sea. the crash happened just east of here in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. it's narrow and difficult to navigate. typically two officers and six sailors would be on the bridge when going through these waters. >> the most important detail will be the readiness and training of the crew. at the end of the day the safety of any navy ship depends on the crew. >> reporter: a second deadly mishap in just two months. nbc news, singapore. heavy rain and high water rescues today as roads suddenly turned to rivers in parts of kansas and missouri. people were pulled from their cars and water was so high, some people even had
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to be plucked from rooftops, as water rushed into their homes. the rain has now stopped and conditions should help the region dry out over the next few days. tonight, federal health officials are warning about a spike in cases of salmonella, making people sick. what they say to blame is a growing trend in backyards all across the country, maybe yours. katy beck has the alert for families. >> the whole structure is a chicken coop. >> reporter: just outside atlanta, ann marie, like so many americans, is raising her own chickens. >> they become very mainstream. >> reporter: the centers for disease control now warning those backyard coups have caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak, with numbers still spiking. >> we're following ten different outbreaks right now. each of them is caused by a different strain of salmonella. >> reporter: the cdc reports that 961 people have tested positive for salmonella this year. that's more cases than in all of 2016. it's been found in 48 states, causing 215 hospitalizations, and one death. >> we think these cases are going up because more and more people have backyard poultry. >> reporter: the
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salmonella risk highest when they're baby chicks. anderson takes every precaution. >> we have specific chicken shoes for being around the coop. >> reporter: young children are nearly 30% of cases this year under 5. the cdc says always wash or sanitize your hands after contact. don't snuggle or kiss the birds. don't let any birds indoors. and clean all equipment outside. >> this is a problem that many people can help address. >> reporter: following good hygiene, so a hobby doesn't become a health risk. katy beck, nbc news, atlanta. there's important health news about the leading cause of death in adults over 40,
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sudden cardiac arrest. it strikes more than 350,000 people each year, often without warning. it's been a mystery to doctors, but now new research is helping to predict who is at risk. our medical correspondent, dr. john torres, has details. >> reporter: just 43 years old, lynn howard never imagined her heart would suddenly stop beating. >> i had no health problems before this. i was completely healthy. >> reporter: but the mother of three suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, a condition so deadly, more than 90% don't survive. >> the goal is to nip some cardiac arrest in the bud. because by the time it happens, it's too late. >> reporter: it's not a heart attack which is caused by a blockage. sudden cardiac arrest is caused by a short circuit in the heart. there hasn't been a good test to determine who's vulnerable. >> we don't have any real predictors of risk. >> reporter: after
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this doctor studied a million people, he found a possible solution, using an ekg, an inexpensive test that's been around for 100 years. >> we're looking at six data points on this ekg, ranging from the heartbeat, to electrical activity recorded from the heart. >> reporter: dr. chu discovered that data is the key to predicting who's at risk. the goal now, to get that risk score included on every ekg, and implant high risk patients with a de fibrillator to shock the hart back to normal. lynn howard now has a de fibrillator and hopes more people can benefit from knowing their risk. >> anything to prevent this from happening to at least one person would be great. >> researchers are now conducting a bigger study with the ultimate goal, lester, that anytime someone gets an ekg, they walk away knowing their risk.
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and do what is needed to prevent it. >> thanks very much. an investigation, for decades the u.s. and its allies have tried to thwart north korea's nuclear ambitions with sanctions. new sanctions announced just today. but over the years those efforts have fallen short, experts say, and north korea has been able to advance its nuclear program at a stunning pace. so why haven't sanctions worked? part of the reason is a secret network that stretches all the way to the u.s. here's cynthia mcfadden. >> reporter: it is not a surprise that the man who bought this million-dollar house in the leafy new york suburb of great neck was looking for a piece of the american dream. what may surprise you is that the homeowner is a chinese businessman named sun sidong who is linked to the illicit weapons trade with north korea. so secretive, there is no known picture of
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him. he's tied to this shipment of 132 tons of north korean rpgs hidden under a load of other than ore. possibly destination? syria. export records also show mr. sun sent dozens of shipments of technology to north korea that could well be used for its nuclear and missile programs. how is someone like that buying a house in the u.s.? >> to have somebody who's involved in trade with north korea, investing in real estate in the united states, without many checks or any enforcement or prevention suggests there are major holes in the system. >> reporter: north korea has been evading sanctions for years. 90% of its trade is through china. much of it centered here in the border city of dangdong. north korea is just across that bridge. companies here give kim jong-un's isolated regime access to the global financial system. >> you need chinese cooperation to make any sanctions or other coercive power work against the north koreans. >> reporter: just today the u.s. imposed sanctions against five chinese companies, including this trading
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company in dandong. accused of having passed hundreds of millions of dollars illegally through these u.s. banks. experts who track chinese companies who help north korea say, this kind of crackdown is critical. >> we can touch them. there are very few pressure points. and we can make a major impact. >> reporter: as for that house in great neck, it's on the market. mr. sun, who has not been charged with a crime and did not respond to our request for comment, apparently decided the american dream was not for him. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. still ahead here tonight, a bizarre mystery at sea. an inventor rescued when his private submarine sinks. but where is the woman who was also onboard? it's a twisted tale he's telling, and we'll have it for you. also, thinking of traveling soon? why now is the time to book that plane ticket. hope you can stay with us.
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we're back now with a case that sounds like it's right out of a mystery novel. investigators are trying to get to the bottom of what happened to a journalist who was feared dead after she sailed aboard a private submarine to interview a well-known inventor. kristen dahlgren has this strange mystery at sea. >> reporter: this august 10th video from
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copenhagen may show the final moments of the 30-year-old's journalist on the nautilus, a submarine built my peter madsen. wahl was interviewing madsen for a feature, but she never returned. madsen was rescued the next day as his sub sank. he told police he dropped wahl off the night before. telling reporters in danish, i'm fine, seeing the nautilus go down was unfortunate, but oh, well. now his story's changed. according to police, madsen says wahl died in an accident and his lawyer claims he chose to bury her at sea. madsen is charged with manslaughter. he's pled not guilty. authorities claim he deliberately sank the sub. on monday a torso was found, police now conducting dna tests. nbc news interviewed madsen in 2013. >> the construction of the submarine is very, very rewarding. >> reporter: wahl was based in new york.
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>> she was really adventurous and always trying to, i think, find something new about the world. >> reporter: she traveled to many of the world's hot spots for major magazines and newspapers. >> i don't have any idea that she thought this was a dangerous assignment in any way. >> reporter: a journalist who loved to tell fascinating stories, now at the center of her own bizarre mystery. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, london. there's more to tell you about tonight. we're back in a moment with the miraculous discovery times three. the rubble in an earthquake disaster.
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some dramatic rescues after a deadly earthquake struck an italian island overnight. emergency responders pulled a 7-month-old baby alive from the rubble at his family's homes. rescuers also saved his two older brothers to cheers from the crowd that had gathered there. if you're planning a late summer or early fall trip, the time to book that flight is
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now. today is the so-called magic date when domestic airline tickets suddenly drop as demand for flights tends to drop around back-to-school time. experts say if you shop now, you could save an average of 11% to 20% over summer ticket prices. speaking of tickets, a case of lotto fever is taking hold across the country. the powerball jackpot has now hit an estimated $700 million. it's the second largest powerball jackpot in history, and there is still a day for it to grow. the drawing takes place tomorrow night. when we come back, the scoop on how one police officer is making his neighborhood a sweeter place, and inspiring america. bhap rhetoric is heating up over this
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weekend )s rallies why people who live in erkeley fear they )re facing a warzone. ===jess/2shot=== plus -- the wife of the east bay man, killed in barcelona, is searching for a hero. ===jess /vo=== the reason she )s tracking downa waiter, who was at the deadly scene. ===next close=== finally tonight, we travel to boston for the story of a police officer who takes the serve part of protect and to serve quite literally. building community relations, changing perceptions, and inspiring america in the sweetest of ways. it's a little ditty that for generations has been a siren call to summer. the neighborhood ice cream truck is here. but this truck has a real siren. and the man who drives it is a boston cop. and so the first
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reaction sometimes is -- >> cop? ice cream truck? >> reporter: kenneth grubbs is a youth service officer. he and his fellow officers are breaking down walls between police and the communities in some of boston's most troubled neighborhoods. >> who likes ice cream! >> reporter: one cup at a time. >> the kids, of course, yeah, for ice cream, they're running up to the trucks. here's the adults, they're a little skeptical. i'm like, listen, this is free. our way of saying we're approachable. >> reporter: the first truck hit the road in 2010. today a newer model is on the road dispensing ice cream. outside the boys and girl club -- does anybody here want to
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be a police officer? the investments seem to be paying off. >> we're here to keep you -- >> safe! >> 32 years on the job. when you started on the job, was there a lot of community interaction? >> us, them. >> reporter: today it's more like us for grubs, who grew up in and still lives here in boston's roxbury's neighborhood. >> he's always around, trying to do the right thing. >> reporter: but it is that ice cream, an idea now being adopted by police departments around the country that has helped endear officer grubbs to the community. >> thanks for serving our country! >> reporter: and the community to officer grubbs. >> you have an ice cream mustache. they have to believe we want to rely and truly help them. this project shows we care more than just arresting. the police department is giving back to communities. we'll show you we do care. >> as you might imagine, boston pd get a lot of requests for the truck to swing by
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community events. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night.with emotions across they frayed, president trump right now at 6:00 tonight, with emotions across the country, president trump gets ready to rally and supertesters. thanks for joining us. i am jessica aguirre. >> and i am raj mathai. outside as you saw in the heat some sharp criticisms. in less than an hour, president trump will address his supporters. it will be a campaign rally.
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but this time the commander in chief will sell his new plan of attack. this is inside the convention center filling up quickly. in fact pretty jam packed. a supportive crowd to greet the president. we also have a live camera outside the convention center. close to 110 degrees. protesters prevailing the heat. cooler heads have prevailed. the protesters gathered at the opposite end of the convention center to avoid confrontation. here at home san francisco and berkeley preparing for what could be a violent rally. we

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